This term in Inquiry we have been investigating ‘What is Science’. We looked at many different types of Science, visited Avila’s Science Lab, had a Scientist come in and speak with our class and carried out a few science experiments.

To go further with our inquiry each of us undertook a personal inquiry into an area of Science that interested us. Students choose to research Biology, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Marine Biology, Archaeology, Gemology, and Geology. We had to write an information report about our chosen Science and create a presentation sharing our knowledge of both our Science and a Scientist in that field.

Finally we invited our parents, teachers and students at our school to attend our Learning Expo so we could share our new knowledge and understandings with everyone. Click the link below to see photos from our learning expo:

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What was your favourite moment from Learning Expo?
What did you learn about your chosen area of Science?
How does that Science help us to understand our world?
Why is Science important?
What did you learn about your chosen scientist?

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This term our Inquiry unit is ‘WHAT IS SCIENCE?’ On Friday 1st May 3/4D and 3/4BB visited Avila Secondary College to see their Science Labs and investigate many different types of Science – Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Earth Science.

We had the chance to complete five different science experiments.

Click on the link below to see photos from our time at the Science Lab:

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What was your favourite part of our visit to Avila’s Science Lab?
What discoveries did you make?
What is your favourite type of Science?

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Earlier this term our whole school went to the Melbourne Zoo. We were all feeling excited as we hopped on the bus.

When we arrived at the zoo we had our recess then we went to ‘the deep’ to begin our SOS (Save Our Species) program. Throughout our day at the zoo we visited some of the 10 SOS animals which are the Orangutans, Elephants, Koalas, Corroboree Frog, Phillipines Crocodile, Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, Helmeted Honey Eater, Lions, Gorillas and Seals.

We discovered these 10 animals are all endangered and we need to try and save them. All of these animals are in endangered because humans are destroying their habitats.

Please click on the link below to see photos from our excursion.

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We all enjoyed being at the zoo and would like to go back again.

What is your favourite part of visiting Melbourne Zoo?

What is your favourite animal at the Zoo?

What animal would you like to save?

What can we do to save the animals?

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Talk to your Mum, Dad or a Grandparent about the meaning of ANZAC Day.
Ask them the following questions:

What happens on ANZAC Day?
Why do you think April 25th was chosen as the day on which to remember the ANZACS?
Why do you think that ANZAC Day is such an important day in Australia and New Zealand?
What makes this ANZAC Day important?

Write your responses to the questions above in a blog comment.

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You might even like to watch the Spirit of the ANZAC video below. Click on the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q20DUaIzYJg&sns=em

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Earlier this term we had our School Sport Carnival. This event is run over two weeks. On Friday 13th February we held the Ball Games activities at school. Each grade level participated in a different ball game and points were awarded to our houses. The Year 3s participated in Triple Ball while the Year 4s participated in a Soccer Dribble relay. Click on the link below to see photos from the Ball Games.

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On Friday 20th February we headed excitedly off to the Bill Sewart Reserve for the second part of our school sports. We participated in numerous events at Twilight sports – Sprints, Long Jump, Shuttle Relay and Circular Relay. Click on the link below to see photos from our Twilight Sports.

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After our Ball Games activities and the numerous events at twilight Athletics Carnival there was only 1 point that separated our first and second placings. Congratulations to Green House on coming from behind in the final few events to win this years Athletics Shield.

What was your favourite part of our school sports? Why was it your favourite part?

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Dear 3/4D,

Thank you for an amazing year. You have all been fabulous class mates and I have enjoyed having you as my class in 2014. I have created this Smilebox presentation full of memories from this year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy a well earned holiday.

Don’t forget to say hi next year when you see me on the play ground!

Best Wishes from Miss Dickson

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What was your favourite memory from this year?

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The students in Year 3/4D have been investigating ‘How can we care for our Earth?’

Students worked in small groups to create a news report focussing on an environmental issue. Check out our fabulous news reports below.

What are you doing to help care for our Earth?

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Advent is the beginning of the Church year for most churches. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. This year it started on Sunday 30th November and finishes on the 24th December. The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. The whole season of Advent is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time of preparation, a time for thinking about when Jesus will come again.

People celebrate Advent in different ways. Some families put up the Christmas decorations at the beginning of Advent. Children may have Advent calendars which have windows for each of the days in December. Some people have a Jesse Tree which is a different kind of Advent Calendar.

For homework the students in 3/4D created their own Advent calendar. Their Advent calendars have a good deed connected to each day of the Advent season that they will do to prepare for Jesus’ birth.

Look at their fabulous Advent Calendars:
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Check out this amazing Advent Calendar that has been created like an Advent bunting.
We needed many hands to hold it up!
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What are you going to do during Advent to prepare for Jesus’ birth?

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On Friday 7th November our Parents and Grand Parents joined us for a special learning celebration.

Students participated in hands on Mathematics involving a packet of Smarties. They measured length and mass, worked out the fraction of each colour of smarties in their packet, graphed the results and covered concepts of chance.

Each Student had to bring along a 50 gram box of smarties for this activity. Click on the link below to see the photos of our SMARTIE Maths Learning Celebration:

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What maths skills did you need for our Smartie Maths Celebration?
What did you learn?
What was your favourite part?

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On the 23rd of October 3/4D went to a woodwork incursion. All of us were excited and were wondering what we will be making. We met Asher and he told us what to do.

We learnt how to saw, hammer and how to bring bent nails back up straight. We made a solar powered wind turbine. It was a really good experience. We found out how the wind turbine works. When sunlight goes onto the solar panel, it connects to the motor and the motor makes the panel move round.

This relates to our inquiry unit ‘How can we care for our Earth’ because you don’t need to use electricity to work it. It uses natural energy from the Earth so it doesn’t do any harm on Earth.

We enjoyed doing the wood work because we have learnt lots of building skills. It was an enjoyable challenge.

Click on the link below to see photos from our woodwork incursion.

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Have you ever built anything? What was it?
What was your favourite part of the woodwork incursion?

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